National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 2
Today, May 2, is our 62nd annual National Day of Prayer. NDP was created by an Act of Congress to be the first Thursday of May. The theme for 2013 is Pray for America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their trust in our Almighty God, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men. To further highlight the theme, Matthew 12:21 was chosen as the scripture for this theme: “In His name the nations will put their hope.”
At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray. We have an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest, as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne, repent, and receive God’s forgiveness of our sins, in Christ, our Savior.
Mrs. Shirley Dobson, chairwoman of NDP Task Force says, “The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It brings together citizens from all backgrounds. We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.”
The 2013 Prayer was written by Pastor Greg Laurie, Honorary Chairman of the 2013 NDP. This is the prayer he wrote, to help lead our nation in prayer on this day:
“Father, we come to You to pray for our nation, the United States of America.
How You have blessed us through the years, Lord! We rightly sing, ‘America, America, God shed His grace on thee.’ Yet we see trouble in our culture today. We see the breakdown of the family, crippling addictions, and random acts of horrific violence.
Lord, we need Your help in America. In recent days, we have done our best to remove Your Word and Your Counsel from our courtrooms, classrooms and culture. It seems, as President Lincoln once said, that we have ‘forgotten God.’ But Lord, You have not forgotten us! You can bless and help and revive our country again.
Scripture tells us that ‘Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people’ (Proverbs 14:34).
Lord, in Your mercy, we ask that You would exalt our country again. We have had a number of great awakenings in America. We have experienced times of refreshing, and revivals that changed not only the spiritual but also the moral landscape. As the psalmist said, ‘Will You not revive us again, so that Your people may rejoice in You?’ (Psalm 85:6)
That is our prayer for America today, Lord. Send a mighty spiritual awakening that will turn the hearts of men and women, boys and girls back to you. You have told us if we will humble ourselves and pray, and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways, that You will forgive our sins and heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Forgive us today, Lord, and heal this troubled land that we love so much.
We ask all of this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
The National Day of Prayer will be observed in the Waconia city park at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 hosted by Trinity Lutheran School. Students from St. Joseph’s School will also take part. In case of inclement weather it will be held at Trinity Lutheran School.
Are more gun control laws really the answer?
The tragic events at the Boston Marathon and Sandy Hook underscore an important role of government: the safety and security of its citizens. Both events have and will continue to generate debate over what should be done.
Clearly the perpetrators of these and other heinous acts broke many federal, state and local laws. Rather than rushing out to create more laws, spending more money and growing government, maybe we would be better served to do nothing. Yes, I meant to say that. The question we should ask is, are we trying to address a problem or just pacify the voter? Must politics trump a sincere analytical approach?
Gun control is an issue that creates much debate. We should be engaged in a comprehensive review of current law and an analysis of what failed in order to determine solutions. Currently, expanding background checks is at issue. Politicians will have you believe that 90 percent of Americans support this expansion. However, the poll question they quote reads as if there were no checks currently being conducted.
Of course the number is high. I want background checks too!
Gun control advocates claim we need more laws. Those in opposition say there are enough and many go over-looked. An analysis of the completed 2010 Criminal Justice Incident Study and DOJ records bear some startling statistics. In that year, some 48,000 attempts were made by felons and other non-qualified applicants to purchase a firearm. Yet the DOJ prosecuted just 44 cases. Are you sure we need more laws?
At this point with respect to the Boston bombings, it appears that many “red flags” were either ignored or minimized. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been a lone voice about calling into question the FBI and military training manuals. In a review of old versus new material, Bachmann has discovered many references to terrorist activities, key words and phrases noting Muslims, radical Islamic philosophies, jihadist methods have been stricken from the manuals. The current administration, acting upon letters received from domestic Muslim groups has agreed to edit training manuals.
Did this hypersensitivity to political correctness skew how domestic and foreign data was investigated? Do we have no faith in our intelligence agencies to conduct their affairs in an objective manner? Are we setting ourselves up for continued failure to ascertain and stop future terrorism?
We should resist the premise that allows politicians to wave freshly inked laws as the solution. While there always will be risks in a free and open society, our public safety deserves the highest priority.